The Patriot Act V. Civil Liberties

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RUNNING HEAD: THE PATRIOT ACT V CIVIL LIBERTIES The Patriot Act V. Civil Liberties Demetra Ohlen Saint Leo University Legal Issues in Criminal Justice Administration II CRM 551 Professor Jordan November 14, 2008 Abstract Since its inception, The Patriot Act has engendered a tremendous of controversy. Adversaries of the Act have maintained that it was approved opportunistically after the September 11 terrorist assault, believing there to have been little debate. They view the Act as one that was hurried through the Senate with little change before it was passed. The Act increases the ability of law enforcement agencies to search telephone, e-mail communications, medical, financial and other records The Act increases the ability of law enforcement agencies to search telephone, e-mail communications, medical, financial and other records; eases restrictions on foreign intelligence gathering within the United States; expands the Secretary of the Treasury’s authority to regulate financial transactions, particularly those involving foreign individuals and entities; and enhances the discretion of law enforcement and immigration authorities in detaining and deporting immigrants suspected of terrorism-related acts. The act also expands the definition of terrorism to include domestic terrorism, thus enlarging the number of activities to which the USA Patriot Act’s expanded law enforcement powers can be applied. Recent polls discovered that comparable uncertainty continues in the psyches of a segment of American society (ACLU,2008) .The problem that permeates the USA Patriot act deals with the infringements of ones civil liberties. A great deal of the debate over the Act stems from modifying to foreign intelligence surveillance law, National Security Letters; reports encourage interdictions and mandatory detention laws.
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